Monday, August 17, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, August 17, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Olivia and Dominic continue to argue about his undercover work. Sonny questions Dominic about his reasons for taking the fall for Johnny. Dominic fears the worst when he finds Sonny and Olivia together.

Sam tends to Jason’s wounds but his condition takes a turn for the worse.

Nikolas isn’t forgiving while confronting Rebecca about her lies and later erupts in a violent rage. Elizabeth finds Nikolas drunk and angry in the turret at Wyndemere. Rebecca’s surprised by Monica and Edward’s reaction after she confesses her duplicity.

Michael is instantly smitten with Marie Claire, a French tourist vacationing at the resort he and Kristina are working at.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Danger lurks for Sam and Jason.
  • Elizabeth has tough words for Nikolas.
  • Lucky has no sympathy for Rebecca.

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



Monnday, August 17, 2009 2:09 AM ET | By Venus Stone


alt (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A love fades away….

THIS WEEK ON: AS THE WORLD TURNS

Rosanna gives Teri a firm warning about Craig. On Tuesday, August 18 Rosanna gives Janet a reason to be worried. Dusty rebuffs Bonnie, while Paul and Emily come to an understanding.

The Inside Story: Hard to Say Good-bye

Returning home, Lily and Damian share the heartbreaking news to Emma and Meg that Holden is dead. They are beside themselves when hearing the news and things are even worse when Faith walks in on the discussion and is told about her father. A distraught Lily heads home and tries her best to tell Ethan about Holden but he’s too young to understand. Going into the bedroom, Lily crumbles and Damian walks in to comfort her. Faith spies them and she lashes out for Damian to stay away from her mother and runs off to find Parker. Lily heads to the farm to find Faith but runs into Meg instead and an argument about Damian starts, which angers Emma. In the meantime, Noah consoles Luke and tells him to go be with his family. When Luke heads home he finds Damian at the house. Seeing how hurt his son is, Damian tells him that while he’s lost Holden as a father, he still has him. Noah soon arrives and Damian leaves to take a call from a police officer from Kentucky requesting Holden’s dental records. Damian tells him that he wants all calls from the authorities to come to him instead of Lily. Lily, who is back at home, locks herself in the bedroom, refusing to see Damian. Jack, who is at the farm with Meg, shares their grief over the loss of Holden. He soon decides to go see Lily and when he arrives, Damian departs and Lily lets Jack in. As they are talking, Lily tells Jack that she refuses to believe her husband is dead. Meanwhile, Damian sends the dental records to the Kentucky authorities and heads to see Meg. Meg, worried that Damian will dump her to be with Lily, asks if they are still a couple. Damian assures her that he still wants her but makes a point to tell her that he most likely will need to be there for Lily as she grieves. The two go to the crash site and the cop there tells Damian the dental records aren’t a match. Damian privately asks him to double check. Back at home, Lily’s devastated that shes’ unable to feel Holden’s presence and she heads to the pond. While there, Holden’s presence appears and tells her they will always be a part of each other. Damian, who has followed her appears and tells her Holden’s body has been identified by the police. Beside herself, Lily crumbles into his arms unaware that Meg is watching them.

A Closer Look: Welcome to the Family

Barbara and Paul are both beside themselves in seeing James, both wondering what he could be up to this time around. Meanwhile Audrey talks to Henry, telling him that she needs his help in getting some money to pay Jay back. She suggests he go to James to get the cash since he is his son. Henry scoffs at her request and turns her down flat, kicking her out of his suite. Not being one to be defeated, Audrey heads over to Fairwinds in hopes of obtaining information about James from Barbara. Audrey fills Barbara in on her past with James and how he promised to give her money if she ever needed it. Barbara, wary of her sudden interest in finding James, offers her the money. When she’s not looking, Audrey takes Barbara’s keys and soon finds herself down in the wine cellar where James is. She informs him that Henry is his son and she helps him leave Fairwinds. Back at the Lakeview, Vienna tries to convince Henry to give Audrey his money that he made when pretending to be Geneva Swift. He agrees and the two head over to find her. When they enter her room, he sees the DNA test, which proves that he is James Stenbeck’s son. In the meantime, Barbara fills Paul in about Audrey’s need to know where James is. They head back to Fairwinds and find that James is gone. A nosey Emily follows them and discovers that James is alive. Everyone who is looking for either Audrey or James rush back to the Lakeview. When they all arrive, James happily introduces a stunned Paul that Henry is his brother.

What To Watch

  • Teri makes a move on a stunned Craig
  • Liberty’s jealousy causes her to make a grave mistake
  • Bonnie and Dusty get physical

As the World Turns News and Headlines

  • Michael Woods appears as “Jay” on Wednesday, August 19
  • Alexandra Chando will be reprising her role as “Maddie Coleman”. Chandro began taping scenes back in July
  • AsTheWorldTurns.net has undergone a redesign and has launched on August 1, 2009. Check out the site at: AsTheWorldTurns.net
  • An As The World Turns Fan Club Luncheon, Autograph and Photo Session will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2010 from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway (Between 45th & 46th St.), New York, NY. Please visit ATWT Fan Club Luncheon for more information.
  • Van Hansis (“Luke Snyder”) and Jake Silbermann (“Noah Mayer”) will attend their first European fan event in France beginning October 17 at Auditorium Jean-de-La-Fontaine 25, Avenue du General Sarrail. For more information please visit MGC Events for more detailed information.
  • Austin Peck and Julie Pinson will join other daytime stars as they set sail on Soap Cruise, The Third Voyage on Thursday, January 28 through Monday, February 1, 2010. Please visit Soap Cruise or call 1-888-381-4654 for more detailed information.
  • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “ATWT” during the week of August 10, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2009

  • The Snyder family comes together
  • Audrey’s sight of dollar signs has her plotting a new scheme
  • Meg and Lily both vie for Damian’s attention

    “As the World Turns” airs Weekdays on CBS. Check local listings.



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Y&R PreVUE: Week of August 17 Edition

Monday, August 17, 2009 1:37 AM ET | By Venus Stone


alt (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Wandering eyes…

THIS WEEK ON: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

On Monday, August 17, Neil puts his foot down when Lily wants to move back with Cane. Kevin believes that he could have another sibling in Genoa City. Jack decides that he needs to do whatever he can to help Ashley get a grip on her sanity, Thursday, August 20.

The Inside Story: Wandering Hearts
Certain that Victor is behind Mary Jane’s arrival, JT is determined to find out more to Victoria’s displeasure. Things come to a head when the two of them get into another heated arguement; JT pointing out that she doesn’t see how much like her father she is becoming. Victoria storms off and runs into Deacon at the Genoa City Athletic Club. There, Deacon talks to her about an art deal. Victoria quickly suggests that they go discuss it up in his suite and once there, she orders champagne. Things start to heat up when Victoria puts the moves on Deacon, kissing passionately. The two are ready to climb into bed when Amber, who is determined to get the goods on Deacon, stops by the suite and interrupts them, causing Victoria to make a hasty retreat. Meanwhile, JT, unaware that Victor is having him tailed, heads to see Colleen. The two begin talking about the good old days between them and Colleen impulsively kisses him. The spy that has tailed JT takes pictures of the two of them. Later that evening, JT and Victoria both realize that they are having problems in their marriage but Victoria decides to meet up with Deacon again and JT heads back to see Colleen.

A Closer Look: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Determined to not let Daniel remain in jail, Amber decides to go crawling to Deacon for his help. When she arrives, she inadvertantly breaks up a hot moment between Victoria and him. Once alone, Amber pours on the charm in hopes to find something that can help Daniel. Deacon, wise to her, tells her that if she wants to get her ex out of jail, she’s going to have to do a hell of a lot more for him that sweet talk him. Amber hesitantly asks what he’s talking about and Deacon grins, telling her he wants her to marry him. Amber quickly shoots down his proposal and leaves, running into Daniel. She tells him that she’s not giving up on helping him get out of jail, but Daniel wants her to stay away from him. Hurt by his rejection, Amber finds herself back at Deacon’s suite and tells him she’ll marry him on the condition he gets Daniel free of all charges.

What To Watch

  • Abby shows up at Colleen’s as JT is leaving
  • Ryder, Deacon’s cohort, begins to scheme against Kevin
  • The green eye monster comes out when Billy sees Chloe and Chance

The Young and the Restless News and Headlines

  • Jerry Douglas reprises his role as the ghost of “John Abbott” on Thursday, August 20 where he has some ‘sound’ advice for Jack
  • Raya Meddine appears as “Sabrina” Thursday, August 20
  • Michael James Reed appears as “Agent Nolan Grimes” Thursday, August 20.
  • Laura Saltman, correspondant for Access Hollywood will come to the show in a cameo appearance as gossip columnist, “Sonia Wells” who wants to get the scoop on Phyllis and Nick. Her appearance is Monday, August 24
  • Christian Jules LeBlanc and Jeanne Cooper, who play “Michael Baldwin” and “Katherine Chancellor” will make a cameo appearance on “Guiding Light” in its final episode. No word yet on who they will be playing in the final episode.
  • On Friday, August 28, 2009, The Young and the Restless Fan Club Dinner will be held at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, California from 6pm to 11pm. Fans will get the chance to get up close and personal with their favorite Genoa City residents. Pictures and autographs will be available along with some very special surprises planned for the evening. Tickets are available on a limited basis only so it is important to order now. The cost per person is $170. which includes dinner, tip, tax, photo autograph book and much more. The deadline is August 21st, 2009. Please visit Young and the Restless Fan Club Dinner for more detailed information.
  • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on "Y&R" during the week of August 10, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2009

  • Phyllis has a reason to be suspicious of Sharon
  • Mary Jane takes Paul hostage
  • Lily learns that she was wrong about putting her faith in Cane
  • Ashley and Adam put their heads together

“The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



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GL PreVUE: Week of August 17 Edition

Monnday, August 17, 2009 1:17 AM ET | By Venus Stone


alt (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A purpose to return…

THIS WEEK ON: GUIDING LIGHT

Billy prepares Vanessa for a surprise wedding, Monday, August 17. Edmund sets his sights on baby Sarah. Friday, August 21 things heat up between Cyrus and Mel.

The Inside Story: Coming Home to Face the Music

Natalia makes her way back home to Springfield and meets up with Father Ray. She tells him that she realizes what she has to do and that God guided her to that decision. After her talk with Father Ray, Natalia talks to Blake, admitting her home is Springfield and says that her first stop is to see Olivia. When Father Ray asks Olivia if she has talked to Natalia, Olivia tells him that she’s moving on in her life. Picking up Emma, Olivia takes her to the park. Natalia, who is still in search for Olivia spots her at the park and calls out to her. Stunned Olivia rushes to see Natalia face-to-face. Natalia tells her how sorry she is for making Olivia worry so much about her. Opening the car door, Natalia steps out to reveael to Olivia that she is pregnant. A floored Olivia tells Natalia that it was hard it was knowing she left. Natalia admits that Frank is the father, and while she is very happy about being pregnant, she knows that she wants to be with her. Olivia asks Daisy to watch Emma while Natalia and her go somewhere to talk. Shortly after, Matt runs into Natalia and sees her pregnant belly. She tells him that she wants to be the one to tell Frank about the pregnancy. Meanwhile an upset Olivia questions why Natalia was so willing to run away. Natalia admits that she was scared and needed to think things through. She tells assures her that she wants to be with her and raise the baby together. Olivia is hesitant to believe her and walks away. An upset Natalia decides it’s time to call Frank and he agrees to see her. When he arrives he notices she’s pregnant but doesn’t put two and two together that the baby is his. He instantly offers congratulations and she replies that congratulations are in order for him to: he’s the father of their baby. Frank, excited by the news tells Natalia he’s going to be there for her and their baby. She deflats his happiness however when she announces that she wants to raise the baby with Oliva and him. Meanwhile, Olivia has barged into Josh’s home demanding he make love to her. The two are in the moment when Olivia blurts out that she wants him to help her forget how much she is in love with Natalia. Josh pulls away and tells her he can’t get mixed up in what’s going on between them. Olivia leaves and finds herself bumping into Frank. Each learn that they both know about Natalia and both don’t know what to do. Olivia admits she wants Natalia to have a stable place for her and the baby, tries to convince Frank to be there for her. Natalia, in the meantime, calls Rafe to tell him that she’s home. When he arrives, she shares the news that she’s having a baby. Rafe wants his mom to get back together with Frank and forgeet all about Olivia. Natalia tells Rafe that she’s not going to do that and he gets upset and leaves. He runs into Olivia and he taunts her by saying that she’ll be alone once his mom and Frank get back together. Frank finds an upset Natalia and invites her to come to Company with him. When they arrive, everyone there is glad to see Natalia back. Unable to contain his excitement, Frank announces the news. While everyone is initially shocked, they soon are offering up congratulations. After leaving Frank, Natalia is back at home on her porch thinking about her time with Olivia; while Olivia, who is taking a walk, is thinking of her moments with Natalia.

A Closer Look: Falling to Pieces
Locking her keys in her car, Reva calls Josh to help her. When he arrives he gets her car unlocked and she heads home. When she walks in the door she sees that her sink is broken, so she calls the plumber Blake uses. When the plumbed doesn’t answer, Reva is hesitant to call Josh, but does so. The plumber arrives as Reva is leaving Josh a message. Once the plumbe is finished fixing the sink, Reva begins to write him a check and suddenly realizes that it’s her one year anniversary to Jeffrey. Josh, upon receiving Reva’s message, is on his way to her house. Reva, meanwhile, is surrounded by all of Jeffrey’s pictures having a conversation with him as if he is truly there. Hearing Josh’s car, Reva quickly comes out of the house. When he attemps to go into the house, she stops him telling him that she no longer needs his help with the sink. After he is gone, Reva returns back to the house and begins talking to the pictures again, letting ‘Jeffrey’ know that they can have their party. When Daisy comes to check on Reva, she’s asked if she can keep an eye on Colin. She soon busies herself with creating a romantic picnic and putting on her wedding dress. As she’s dancing she glances at herself in the mirror and freaks out, running out of the house into her car. When she sees Josh, she runs to him begging for his help. She sobs into his arms and he reluctantly tells her that she needs to try to help herself. Back at Reva’s, Daisy and Ashlee stumble upon the shrine of photos and realize that Reva is off the deep end.

What To Watch

  • Lizzie is in search for her daughter
  • Phillip continues his search for a cure

Guiding Light News and Headlines

  • Kevin Collins appears as “Dr. Brandon” who examines Henry on Monday, August 24
  • Melissa Hayden will reprise her role as “Bridget Reardon” Monday, September 14
  • Morgan Englund reprises his role as “Dylan Lewis” Monday, September 14
  • Maureen Garrett comes back to Springfield as ‘Holly Lindsey-Reade. She returns to the show Wednesday, August 26
  • Jay Hammer returns as “Fletcher” on
  • The Annual Rock Show for Charity, which benefits the American Red Cross, will take place on October 9, 2009 at the American Red Cross Greater New York Chapter Headquarters on West 49th Street. The evening begins with a pre-show mix-n-mingle followed by a rock-n-roll concert hosted by the Bradley Cole Band. The band will be joined on stage by guest performers and fellow castmates, Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne), Mandy Bruno (Marina Cooper), Daniel Cosgrove (Bill Lewis), Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan Randall), Caitlin Van Zandt (Ashlee Wolfe), and Karla Mosley (Christina), as well as Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake Martin, All My Children) and Trent Dawson (Henry Coleman, As the World Turns). The first mix-n-mingle begins at 6:00 PM with showtime at 7:00 PM and the second mix-n-mingle is at 8:30 PM followed by a 9:30 PM show. Tickets available at Ticket Leap or by mail: Nomadic Music, Inc., P.O. Box 1852, New York, NY 10163.
  • Guiding Light will donate a portion of its wardrobe to New York’s Bottomless Closet to help economically disadvantaged New York City women enter and succeed in the workforce. Guiding Light will provide the organization with the show’s stock of women’s business appropriate clothing, shoes, jewelry, handbags and accessories. Please visit Bottomless Closet or call 212-563-2499 for more detailed information.
  • Frank Dicopoulous (“Frank Cooper”) will be the honorary chairperson for FAAN Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward a Cure in Long Beach, NJ on Saturday, September 12. Please visit FAAN for more detailed information.
  • Murray Bartlett (“Cyrus”) and other daytime stars will set sail on Soap Cruise, the Third Voyage on Thursday, January 28 until Monday, February 1, 2010. Please visit Soap Cruise or call 1-888-381-4654 for more detailed information.
  • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “GL” during the week of August 10, 2009? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2009

  • Mallet makes a hard decision for the sake of Henry

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Sunday, August 16, 2009 3:50 AM ET | By Angela Rosa


Bobbie Eakes (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The latest news on “AMC’s” move to California.

After weeks of rumors, on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 4, the cast of ABC’s “All My Children” were told by ABC Daytime President Brian Frons that the soap would be moving production to Los Angeles – ending its 39 year run of production in New York City. This week, in the New York Daily New and Soap Opera Digest, an ABC representative cleared up some important details about the move.

As previously reported, all of the contract actors on “AMC” have been given the option to move with the production of the show to Los Angeles or be let out of their contract should the big move conflict with their best interests. The initial report was that the actors were given just one week to make the decision. The actors were actually given the week of August 10 off to contemplate the move but an ABC representative reports that the actors have until September 8 to make their decision. The actors final decisions will be announced following that deadline. The ABC representative also confirms that many members of the cast have already made the decision to make the move; thanks to their Facebook entries, Soap Opera Network can confirm that Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Carey) and Shannon Kane (Natalia Fowler) are among those actors deciding to go left and remain with “AMC.”

Rumors are swirling about who’s not going to L.A., the list includes several of the soaps key players, but we won’t know the facts for some time yet. The following is a list of the current contract players on “AMC” along with the first year they appeared on the soap:

Susan Lucci [Erica Kane, 1970]
Ray MacDonnell [Dr. Joe Martin, 1970]
James Mitchell [Palmer Cortlandt, 1979]
Darnell Williams [Jesse Hubbard, 1981]
Michael E. Knight [Tad Martin, 1982]
Debbi Morgan [Dr. Angela Hubbard, 1982]
David Canary [Adam & Stuart Chandler, 1983]
Vincent Irizarry [Dr. David Hayward, 1997]
Cameron Mathison [Ryan Lavery, 1998]
Alicia Minshew [Kendall Hart Slater, 2002]
Aiden Turner [Aidan Devane, 2002]
Jacob Young [J.R. Chandler, 2003]
Bobbie Eakes [Krystal Carey Hayward, 2003]
Thorsten Kaye [Zach Slater, 2004]
Chrishell Stause [Amanda Dillon Martin, 2005]
Melissa Claire Egan [Annie Lavery, 2006]
Cornelius Smith Jr. [Dr. Frankie Hubbard, 2007]
Ricky Paull Goldin [Dr. Jake Martin, 2008]
Brianne Moncrief [Colby Chandler, 2008]
Denise Vasi [Randi Morgan, 2008]
Beth Ehlers [Taylor Thompson, 2008]
Shannon Kane [Natalia Fowler, 2008]
J.R. Martinez [Brot Monroe, 2008]
Adam Mayfield [Scott Chandler, 2009]
Jamie Luner [Liza Colby, 2009]
Brittany Allen [Marissa Tasker, 2009]
Stephanie Gatschet [Madison North, 2009]

Production of “AMC” in New York City will cease after the Friday, December 11 work day.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


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    OLTL Quick Peaks: Week of August 17

    Saturday, August 15, 2009 11:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Quick Peaks for the Week of August 17, 2009.

    ONE LIFE TO LIVE: Quick Peaks

    • Monday: (Episode #10499) — With Kim’s help, Stacy begins her search for another man who can get her pregnant following the miscarriage. 
    • Tuesday: (Episode #10500) – Matthew speaks from the heart, delivering moving testimony in court.   
    • Wednesday: (Episode #10501) — Téa is shaken up; Jessica wants to find out why ‘Nash’ is stalking her; David remembers that he is a Buchanan. 
    • Thursday: (Episode #10502) — Jared and Natalie ponder who may be taunting them. Brody confides in the couple that Jessica has a stalker, which she believes to be Nash’s ghost with a message from beyond the grave.
    • Friday: (Episode #10503) — After being appointed his therapist, Marty begins her session with Todd, ready to banish him from her mind permanently; Elijah puts the screws to Téa; Schuyler becomes Stacy’s latest victim, as she and Kim choose him to be the father of her next baby.    

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



    OLTL Teasers: Week of August 17 Edition

    Saturday, August 15, 2009 10:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Teasers and Episode Titles for the Week of August 17, 2009.

    ONE LIFE TO LIVE: Teasers

    • Monday: “The Who To-Do List” — The tension builds between Rachel and Greg.  Kim helps Stacy make a list of potential men who could get her pregnant again.   
    • Tuesday: “To Walk, Perchance to Dream” – Todd claims that Blair is jealous of his relationship with Téa.  Todd doesn’t react postively to Blair’s advances. 
    • Wednesday: “The Real Buchanans of Llantano County” — Jessica asks Madame Delphina to contact Nash’s spirit.  After David arrives with his crew at Asa’s mansion, a gun-toting Clint quickly has enough of his nephew’s shenanigans.   
    • Thursday: “The Ghost is Clear” — Cristian becomes even more confused about Fish.  Madame Delphina warns Jessica that danger lies ahead.   
    • Friday: “Physician Heal Thyself”– Marty and Todd learn together that she has been designated his court-appointed therapist.  Marty refuses to allow Todd to find another shrink, claiming that it is time for her to get the guy out of her mind once and for all.   

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



    My View of Llanview: August 15 Edition

    Saturday, August 15, 2009 1:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Moving on up to the west side… “One Life to Live” inherits the soon-to-be vacated studios of “All My Children” early next year when that soap moves to Los Angeles. But is the move good news for “OLTL,” or the kiss of death?

    Unless you’ve been living underground the past few weeks, you have likely heard the news that ABC Daytime is shifting production of “All My Children” from New York City to Los Angeles beginning in December, and that “One Life to Live” will move into its sister soap’s much larger current studio in Manhattan, in an attempt to make both soaps more cost efficient.

    Since the announcement, critics have argued that moving “AMC” cross country to be closer to the network’s longest running soap “General Hospital,” seals the fate of “One Life to Live,” since it will be left as the broadcaster’s only remaining New York based soap. But does it really?

    Unlike some of my fellow staff members and posters at SON, I am a relative outsider when it comes to the interworkings of a television network. For all I know, ABC could make good on the rumors that “One Life to Live” will be cancelled next year and be replaced by an annoying talk show. It’s certainly plausible. However, I think that there is a more logical approach to this issue, one that involves common sense. Perhaps I’m just being naïve in my thinking, especially given the fact that common sense and ABC Daytime are more often than not like oil and water. Only time will tell whether I or my cynics are correct, however I feel that certain people are trying way too hard to read more into ABC’s announcement than is really there.

    With regards to “AMC’s” bi-coastal move and “OLTL’s” intercity relocation, I am of two minds. Upon first hearing the news, I got the impression that ABC was doing what the broadcaster felt was necessary in order to keep its three-hour weekday afternoon soap block in tact. When you think about, it makes sense. “AMC” is regularly over budget, while “OLTL” is routinely under budget. By moving the former to West Coast, they can save money on production costs and tighten the show’s budget. It also gives a boost of confidence to “OLTL” by giving them a larger studio, which will provide them with more room for sets and props. Also, unlike CBS and NBC, ABC appears committed to preserving all three of their daytime dramas. ABC could have effortlessly announced the cancellation of one or more of their soaps last week, since they are all owned and produced by the network. But instead, they revealed their commitment to convert both “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” to High Definition format early next year. And upgrading to HD doesn’t come cheap. It is reported that ABC spend at least $3 million to convert “General Hospital” alone to HD. Plus, think of the moving expenses for relocating all of “AMC’s” sets, costumes, and equipment from New York to L.A., as well as the added man hours needed to move “OLTL” down the street. If ABC were ready to cancel either soap, why relocate both of them and upgrade them to HD?

    Once I began to digest the news, I started to develop a second theory on the decision. I began to wonder if ABC was using “All My Children” as a sort of guinea pig, in an attempt to test the waters as to how successful a 3,000 mile move from one coast to the other would be. Perhaps the network has long-range plans of relocating all their soaps to L.A., and chose “AMC” first either because they thought it was the strongest of the two, or because they considered it to be more in danger of cancellation than “OLTL” at the moment. Either way, “AMC’s” success or failure in L.A., could ultimately decide “OLTL’s” future.

    Regardless of which, if either, theory turns out to be true, there is certainly no doubt that the era of the daytime soap opera is nearing extinction. Gone are decades like the 1950s and 60s when more wives and mothers were homemakers and most families could receive only a handful of stations on television. Now we are in the age of increasing technology, digital television with hundreds of channels, and a majority of women entering the work force to help support their families.  Faced with those facts, it is inevitable that soap opera ratings would decline. Too add to the problem, viewers are no longer forced to watch each episode of their favorite soap in suspense, wondering what will happen next, given how easily one can read weekly and monthly previews for that particular soap on Internet websites dedicated to soaps (such as SON) and in magazines. In some ways, the American soap opera is becoming as outdated and unnecessary as the British royal family. Despite the fact that the British monarchy no longer has any real political power or influence, they remain hugely popular and a symbol of rich tradition and history. In my opinion, soaps suffer much the same plight.

    In conclusion, I wouldn’t count “OLTL” as being out just yet. I think the show still has a lot of ‘Life’ let to ‘Live,’ so to speak. Remember that things aren’t always as appear to be. In 1977, Ken Olson (president and founder of Digital Equipment Corp.) commented that “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” A Western Union company memo from 1876 states that “The telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication.” Royal Society president Lord Kelvin believed in 1895 that “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” In 1943, Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, said that “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” And in 1899, Charles H. Duell, Commissioner of the U.S. Office of Patents, was quoted as saying “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” In other words, the critics aren’t always right. Who knows, we may all look back at this debate nine years from now and think, as “OLTL” marks its 50th anniversary, how stupid people were back in 2009 to believe that the show was about to be cancelled. Hindsight is always 20/20.

    To reiterate, I’m no network insider, only a boy from south central Kentucky who grew up watching “One Life to Live,” quickly becoming a devoted fan of the show, whose dedication ultimately landed him a position of the staff of Soap Opera Network covering the characters and fictional town he idolized since childhood. I admit that I am somewhat bias in my thinking that “OLTL” is in no immediate danger of cancellation. However, a closer look at the facts provides some weight to my argument. If I’m wrong, I’m wrong. It wouldn’t be the first time, and it likely won’t be the last time either. But something about all this just leads me to believe that “OLTL” isn’t leaving the airwaves anytime soon.

    For those of you unable to figure out the answers to the trivia questions from my last column, here they are (correct answers in bold): Question #1: In 2000, Nora Hanen was presumed dead following what type disaster? a) car crash, b) train explosion, c) plane crash, or d) boating accident. Question #2: For what reason was Todd Manning pardoned for his crimes in 1994? a) Blair Cramer seduced the governor into pardoning him, b) Larry Wolek discovered a brain tumor that made Todd not criminally responsible for his crimes, c) Todd rescued Marty Saybrooke, CJ Roberts, and Jessica Buchanan from a car accident, or d) Todd agreed to testify against mob boss Carlo Hesser. Question #3: What caused Clint Buchanan to go blind in 1987? a) He was shot in the head, b) He developed a brain tumor, c) A bomb exploded in his face, or d) He was trapped in a chemical fire at The Banner. And Question #4: Which South American country did Jenny Wolek flee to in 1975, in order to work at a convent? a) San Alicia, b) San Bernardo, c) San Carlos, or d) San Daivo.

    Now it’s time to play “Llanview, Who Am I?,” a new feature where you have to use the clues to figure out the identity of a mystery character from “OLTL’s” past. In 1969, this young lady arrived in town with her widowed father, who became a dedicated doctor at Llanview Hospital. When her father decided to remarry, she became very angry and eventually developed a drug addiction. She was sent to Odyssey House, in an attempt to clean up her act. She eventually entered into a relationship with Viki Lord’s ex-husband Joe Riley (while Viki was married to Steve Burke), and became pregnant with his child. Upon giving birth it was discovered that the child had a congenital heart defect, which she had inherited from her father Joe. The medical issue was unknown to everyone except Viki and the doctors. While at Llanfair, the baby began to have difficulty breathing, prompting Viki to rush her to the hospital. Along the way, she was involved in a serious car accident and the baby girl died (Viki slipped into a coma for several months). The baby’s mother blamed Viki for her daughter’s death and vowed revenge. She eventually married Viki’s brother Tony, who became concerned for his wife’s welfare and urged her to seek professional treatment. In 1976, she completely snapped and kidnapped Viki and Joe’s (who had recently reunited) newborn son Kevin, and placed him up for adoption. Eventually a friend found out the truth and persuaded her to contact her doctor father, who flew to Arizona to retrieve his daughter and return her to Llanview. In 1978, she left Llanview for good and moved someone out in the western U.S., never to be heard from again. 

    So who is this mysterious character from the past? I’ll have the answer in the August 30th edition of “My View in Llanview.” Until then enjoy the remainder of the summer and stay safe. Best wishes.

    And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


    Discussion: My View of Llanview: August 15 Edition



    OLTL Recap: Friday, August 14, 2009

    Friday, August 14, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, August 14, 2009.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    “Baby and the Tramp”

    Rex tells Blair that it appears as though Téa disappeared off the face of the earth between the time she was rescued from the island she shared with Todd and Ross Rayburn until she arrived back in Llanview last winter. Blair thinks she’ll get the answers she’s looking for if Rex finds Ross.

    Todd goes behind Téa’s back and hires Elijah to try and overturn the judge’s custody ruling. Elijah threatens Téa, implying what he knows about her could impact her relationship with Todd.

    Stacy’s happy to see her stripper friend Kim, who’s arrived from Las Vegas, and fills her in on her situation with Rex. Kim simply states all Stacy has to do to keep her hands on Rex is get pregnant again.

    Cristian is incredulous to learn that Fish and Layla slept together.

    On the Next One Life to Live…

    • Stacy vows to get pregnant again.
    • Rex doesn’t like what he sees.
    • Bo and Nora continue to repress their feelings.

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



    Friday, August 14, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Friday, August 14, 2009.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Tad and Taylor’s worst fears are realized when they discover someone other than Opal took Trevor from the ally. Thinking David could have stolen the baby, Tad and Jake break into Wildwind and discover that David has been placing numerous calls to a phone number in Massachusetts. Jake and Amanda decide to follow their hunch and head off to investigate the source of David’s phone calls.

    Frankie is no match for Madison when he tries to work her for information. Angie asks Jesse if he’s protecting Randi, suspecting she’s involved in North’s murder.

    Erica impresses Ryan with her business savvy as their mutual attraction continues to build.

    On the Next All My Children …

    • Zach begins to work Adam.
    • David pushes Scott in Marissa’s direction.
    • Annie turns to Scott for help.

    “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.